Tennessee Poetry Out Loud Competition Cancelled

From Melissa Moody, Arts Build Communities Coordinator –

In response to school closings and concerns over travel, the Tennessee Poetry Out Loud Pre-Finals Activity scheduled for Friday, March 13th, and State Finals Competition scheduled for Saturday, March 14th at the Tennessee State Museum have been canceled.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the 19 school champions who were to compete this Saturday. We recognize the hard work and dedication of your students in preparation for the finals competition.

The Tennessee Arts Commission is in contact with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to review options going forward for this year’s competition. We are aware of other states who have also canceled their competitions. We will notify all registered schools with developments.